Letters to the Editor

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Tag: volunteers

Sep.
3rd

TACOMA: Volunteers’ tools stolen from work site

It was with a heavy heart that volunteers arriving at Julia’s Gulch to put in a morning of work last month discovered that their 400-pound metal Job Box chained to a tree and filled with shovels, loppers, clippers, a water pump, 400 feet of hose and signs had been stolen.

The second Saturday of each month these dedicated volunteers from our community put in many hours to save this Tacoma green space. They remove invasive species such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry and replace them with native shrubs and trees to return this 40-plus acres to a Northwest forest.

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Sep.
3rd

FIRCREST: Volunteers should be honored, not threatened

Re: “Fircrest councilman told to stop cutting plants” (TNT, 8-31).

After 50 years of directing/adminstrating programs as a volunteer in Pierce County, I see that Fircrest City Manager Rick Rosenbladt does not know the two rules:

• A volunteer can always tell you to “kiss off” and leave your project, unhappy, never to return.

• When one has a dedicated volunteer like Matthew Jolibois, you show your gratitude.

The City of Fircrest always seeks volunteers, workers and financial supporters, for everything from ice cream socials and movies in the park to hanging baskets and and fireworks. Insulting and berating

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May
3rd

TACOMA SCHOOLS: Why discourage volunteer help?

Re: “Union squelches school volunteer workers” (TNT, 4-29).

The last that I heard is that Tacoma Public Schools has a budget shortfall. I was surprised, saddened and angered to hear that a Tacoma school employees union would obstruct a group of volunteers at a weekend work party by limiting the work they could do.

There were at least 100 volunteers from Comcast to paint, remove overgrown bushes and spread beauty bark. The bushes were obstructing the staff’s view of people approaching the school and interfering with cars entering the school’s parking area. The last time the bushes were trimmed

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